Aaah, the restorative powers of Beef Bone Broth. Not only is it super cheap, but it is deeply healing. Rich with minerals, gelatin, amino acids and all kinds of other good stuff, it helps the body by giving it some of building materials it needs to repair, regenerate and heal. It also supports the adrenals (and therefore hormone production), nourishes the kidneys and supports the qi and builds the blood. Fi fi fo fum indeed!
Here's what you need to do: ask the butcher for a bag of beef bones (please make sure from a happy cow), roast them in the oven until they are cooked through and browned, let them cool a little, stick them in a pan and cover well with cold water then add a tablespoon or two of white wine, or apple cider vinegar and leave for an hour. This is important as it helps draw out the good stuff from the bones. Bring it to boil, then simmer for at least 6 hours, but for a long as possible - I like to spend a whole weekend simmering away, adding carrots, an onion, a couple of sticks of celery, maybe a leek, a bay leaf or two, some black peppercorns and a large pinch of salt. Simmer for another 2-4 hours once you have added the veg anyway - topping up with hot water if the level of the liquid goes below the bones - and when you are done, drain it and leave it to cool. You should be left with a layer of fat on top, which you can skim off (some people like to cook with this fat). You now have an amazing broth which you can use as a base for soup, or to drink a cup of every day. Mmmmmm. Honestly! And for anyone doing the 5:2 diet plan this is a belter, you can use it to make a very low calorie, nutritious and filling soup of smugness.
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